Normalcy process has begun in Nandigram- Karat

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New Delhi, Nov 12 (UNI) The CPI (M) today held the Trinamool Congress and the Maoists responsible for creating a" disturbing and abnormal' situation in Nandigram in West Bengal, and stated that no state government could allow a "parallel raj" and claimed that the process of restoration of normalcy and tranquility had already begun there.

" With the CRPF, the police and the civil administration reaching out to all areas in Nandigram today, normalcy will return in the coming days, the development work taken up and the democratic functioning of the local bodies resumed," party General Secretary Prakash Karat told mediapersons at the end of the Polit Bureau two-day meet.

Briefing on the PB deliberations, while answering a volley of questions regarding the party line on Nandigram, Mr Karat emphasised that the political forces which brought Nandigram to such a sorry state of affairs knew very well that they could not be dislodged democratically.

"We are not going to oblige them. The situation of utter lawlessness prevailed and bunkers were built and landmines laid. In this entire period starting from January 7, as many as 27 CPI(M) workers and supporters were killed.

Such a situation can not be tolerated by any state government or administration," said Mr Karat.

Answering a specific query whether he admitted about the state government's inability to maintain law and order there, the CPI(M) General Secretary maintained that the Trinamool supported by the Maoists created a "disturbing and abnormal' situation in Nandigram with the result as many 1500 people were forced to flee in the five panchayats of the area.

He said gang up of political forces against the CPI(M) and the Left operating in the guise of Bhumi Ucchhed Pratirodh Samiti virtually set up a parallel raj in the area.

Mr Karat also quoted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh having said recently that the Maoists have become the greatest challenge to internal security and refused to agree to the comparision of Nandigram violence to that of the Gujarat 2002 post-Godhra violence.'' How can we compare the two. In Gujarat the minorities was attacked while in Nandigram the political forces opposed to the CPI(M) seiged the whole area on the pretext of protection of land." " Who has recently killed the security personnel in Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh,'' the CPI(M) leader questioned. He added that it is a wrong contention that the violence flowed from the CPI(M) cadres." They did not allow us even to conduct the Pulse Polio programme." On a question relating to the " left divide" in West Bengal with the RSP, Forward Bloc and the CPI blaming the CPI(M) and the Trinamool for the Nandigram episode, Mr Karat quipped," It is true that the CPI(M) being the largest group in the LF, it is our responsibility to sort out the problem if there is any. But it must be reciprocated by the other Left partners. They too should help contributing towards Left unity." On the West Bengal Governor's role, the CPI(M) leader said they had already made their viewpoint known." This is not confined to Mr Gopal Krishna Gandhi, it applies to the institution of the Governor that he or she can communicate views or confide in the state and central governments, but should not go to public.'' UNI

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